Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Explain Everything 4th grade Underground Railroad Project

The fourth graders have learned a lot about the Underground Railroad this year. They read two pieces of historical fiction literature that helped them understand how and why African Americans escaped from slavery and who were the people that assisted them. One title is called Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.  The other is Journey to Freedom by Courtni Wright.

Then they read about the Underground Railroad on the Scholastic.com website and answered questions. They took their information and created presentations using the app Explain Everything. You can see them on our website at: 

Explain everything is a versatile app. You can draw, write, insert images and video, and record. We ran into a few glitches, but overall it was a great experience. It was the first time I taught it and the first time students at Williams used it so we all learned a great deal and helped each other. We hope you enjoy the presentations and learning about the Underground Railroad.

We topped the whole experience off with a fantastic visit to the Newton History Museum (Jackson Homestead) where we saw a replica of Henry's Box and learned about Safe houses and people who helped African Americans escape slavery in our own region of the country.

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